The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY RANDY RALPH Randy Ralph is a teacher at Carbonear Col­le­giate.

A long win­less streak for Carbonear Col­le­giate Sen­tinels against their ri­val As­cen­sion Astros fi­nally came to a halt last week.

“Not since 2004!” That was a state­ment on the lips of many hockey fans in the halls of Carbonear Col­le­giate dur­ing the days lead­ing up to the cham­pi­onship game of the Kixx Coun­try Cup on Dec. 15. In the win­ter of 2004 the Sen­tinels de­feated the As­cen­sion Col­le­giate Astros in over­time at the re­gional School Sport New­found­land and Labrador qual­i­fier but but Carbonear Col­le­giate hadn’t beaten the Astros since.

In fa­mil­iar fash­ion the Sen­tinels lost to the Astros 6-3 ear­lier this sea­son. But with the home­town fans be­hind them, in a tour­na­ment hosted at Har­bour Grace’s S.W. Moores Memo­rial Sta­dium, the win­less streak against the Astros fi­nally ended. Last Tues­day af­ter­noon the Sen­tinels de­feated the Astros when it counted most, in a tour­na­ment cham­pi­onship game.

Both teams went un­de­feated in round-robin play. Carbonear Col­le­giate shut out Queen El­iz­a­beth II 5-0, whipped the Ex­ploits Val­ley High Ea­gles 9-3, squeaked by Holy Heart 5-4, and then dropped O’Donel High in the semi-fi­nal 74. As­cen­sion Col­le­giate reached the fi­nal by beat­ing Holy Spirit 5-3, O’Donel 3-1, and Prince of Wales Col­le­giate 5-2 in the pre­lim­i­nar­ies, and then trounced Ex­ploits Val­ley High in the semi, 9-5.

The Astros put the pres­sure on Carbonear from the drop of the puck and some need­less Sen­tinels penal­ties put the home team in hot wa­ter. The Sen­tinels found them­selves killing penal­ties for al­most the first five min­utes and scram­bled to keep the Astros off the score­board. Spec­tac­u­lar saves by Carbonear goal­tender David Fuller­ton kept his team in the game, shift­ing the mo­men­tum to the Sen­tinels.

The flood­gates opened mid­way through the first pe­riod as Carbonear scored four unan­swered goals on the sticks of Brett Shute (who scored twice), Saige Ped­dle and Bren­dan Rose. With less than five min­utes re­main­ing in the sec­ond pe­riod, Michael An­drews net­ted one for the Astros and then re­peated that feat with less than 30 sec­onds re­main­ing, clos­ing the gap to two goals.

Carbonear coach Ge­off Sey­mour said he felt a lit­tle ner­vous at the end of the sec­ond pe­riod. “Go­ing into the third I knew the next goal scored would be cru­cial,” said Sey­mour. “ Who­ever scored the first goal in the third would have an edge.”

Both teams came out fly­ing in the third, but some undis­ci­plined penal­ties by the Astros put them on the de­fen­sive for most of the first half of the pe­riod. Carbonear sharp­shooter Shute scored the Sen­tinels’ fifth goal on a power play, com­plet­ing the hat trick and giv­ing the Sen­tinels all the con­fi­dence they needed to fin­ish the game on top.

With two min­utes left the home­town fans be­gan the “na na, hey hey, good­bye” chant as they wit­nessed the end of a five year drought.

HAV­ING WORDS - A lines­man sep­a­rates Nathan Mor­rey of the South­ern Shore Break­ers and Shane Gam­berg of the Con­cep­tion Bay CeeBee Stars as they ex­change words in the third pe­riod in a match played at the Mo­bile Arena Dec. 13. The CeeBees edged the Break­ers 4-3 and as a re­sult of the win the first place Stars moved six points up on the South­ern Shore and four points up on the Mount Pearl Blades in the Avalon East Se­nior Hockey League stand­ings.

MAK­ING SAVE - South­ern Shore Break­ers’ goal­tender Lee Nose­wor­thy stretches to make a save on Con­cep­tion Bay CeeBee Stars’for­ward Matthew Thomey (No. 22) in a match played at the Mo­bile Arena Dec. 13.

Photo by Dan MacEachern, The Com­pass IC­ING ON THE CAKE - Brett Shute of Carbonear Col­le­giate cel­e­brates his third goal of the game, giv­ing the Sen­tinels a 5-2 lead over As­cen­sion Col­le­giae, which held up as the fi­nal score.

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